Review: Happy Earth Tea Tulsi Green

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Its OK"Tastes more like a cooked pu-erh than a classic green tea."
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This blend of Assam green tea and tulsi (a.k.a. holy basil) is called organic on Happy Earth Tea's website, though that label is left out of the tea's name, and as far as I can tell, it's not USDA certified. This doesn't particularly matter to me, but I can see why some people would care. The website really touts the health benefits of their ingredients, which I am not fond of, but I am fond of the fact that they use truthful statements, which is very rare. Rather than using statements like, "tea prevents cancer," or "tulsi controls diabetes," the website says things like, "Scientific studies have indicated..." and "it has properties that indicate." Most people possibly will not care about this difference, but honesty in advertising matters intensely (see this awesome PSA: Misinformation is far too prevalent in the tea world, and I respect a company that does their tiny bit to avoid blatantly lying.

The leaves are very small and choppy, distinguishable from the flecks of tulsi only because of the difference in colour. I steep at 195° for 3 minutes and get a very earthy-smelling cup. The tea tastes earthy and tangy, but the clean, refreshing aspect of the tulsi gets somewhat counteracted by the grittiness of the base green tea.

I really don't feel like the green tea makes this blend any better. It makes it different, but I don't personally see the strong earthy flavour with dirt undertones as a benefit, and it certainly tastes more like a cooked pu-erh than a classic green tea. The base tea doesn't really detract, but for me, it doesn't add.

I'd rather buy straight tulsi and blend it with my own base tea. That being said, it isn't easy finding this stuff in bags, so if you want bagged tulsi, this isn't a bad way to go. But I don't really recommend it loose leaf.

— To purchase Happy Earth Tea Tulsi Green, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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